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                     A Candid Look into Yeast Infections
What may arguably be the most commonly known yeast infection or form of candidiasis in the
world today is thrush, which affects mostly female genitalia. (It is rare, though not impossible, for
men to contract the disease.) But yeast infections actually do not limit themselves to either
gender, and simply affect certain areas of the human body.

Yeast infections are infections confined specifically to the skin or mucous-like membrane,
caused in human beings by a genus of fungi called Candida. It appears in laboratory-cultured
agar plates as large, round colonies colored white, cream or whitish-gray. One of its most
famous (or rather infamous) species is Candida albicans, though it must be noted that Candida
albicans is not the only species that causes yeast infections in human beings.

Candida albicans lives peacefully with other flora in the human body, its growth kept in check by
a certain bacteria. It makes its home inside the dark, warm, wet areas of the body. This is why
yeast infections are found in areas such as the ears, the mouth, the blood, the gastrointestinal
or “gut” area – and yes, the area “down there.” However, it also likes human skin, particularly
warm, wet sections which like skin folds and armpits.

Candidiasis is also called “yeast infection” is because Candida albicans’ normal form is that of
single oval yeast cells. When in yeast form, it duplicates itself through budding. This means the
cells create genetic clones of themselves through bulbs that “grow” out of them. These bulbs
stay attached to the parent cells for a while before letting go.

So what actually causes yeast infection? First, the human body’s temperature must be at a
specific level and the pH levels must be balanced, two of the conditions necessary for Candida
albicans and its partner bacteria to grow without disturbing other flora. But when the
temperature and pH levels change, these bacteria die. This leaves the Candida albicans cells
free to change into fungi and to replicate with no control over themselves.

Candida albicans fungi mark their territories during this population boom by causing any of
these sensations: burning, itching, soreness, or tingling. Sometimes, two of these sensations
can be felt at once. It’s a bad idea to scratch the irritated areas, since this act would only
compound the overgrowth of the fungi.
Other signs include fatigue, drowsiness, muscle aches, pain or swelling in the joints, dizziness,
fluid retention, tissue swelling, loss of balance, lack of coordination, lack of concentration, poor
memory, mood swings, depression, anxiety, irritability, and cravings for sugars, carbohydrates
and alcohol. But these are also common symptoms for other sicknesses, so they must be taken
into consideration along with more reliable indicators.

The overgrowth also causes specific side-effects in afflicted areas. To name a few, yeast
infections create white-or cream-colored patches inside the mouth, reaching as far as the soft
palate. They cause digestion problems and make even bowel movement difficult. Afflicted
penises have patchy sores near the head or on the foreskin. Candidiasis is also responsible for
discharges from the ear, the bowels (in the stool) and the genitalia.

Yeast infections can cause serious, sometimes even fatal, diseases. This is particularly true for
sufferers with weakened or underdeveloped immune systems, diabetes, the human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). However,
sufferers can be permanently cured through immediate and proper diagnosis and medication.
               A couple of tips to prevent yeast infection
It’s not that difficult really. There are a number of simple and easy to follow ways in preventing
yeast infection. You don’t have to make things as complicated as they sound. Simple, straight to
the point prevention tips as well as solutions or cure can help make your life a lot easier and a
lot comfortable compared to having a yeast infection. A couple of tips to prevent yeast infection
are to follow so sit tight and continue reading.




 Yeast infection results from the increase growth of the fungi Candida. The fungus is present in
most of us so there’s no actual ways of preventing contact with the said bacteria. However, what
 you can avoid is having contact with a moist environment. Fungus grows well in a warm, most
                          environment, and Candida is not an exception.

Among the things that you better avoid in order to prevent the full development of the infection
includes wet clothing especially bating suits. These are quite obvious since we just mentioned
that fungus likes growing in warm and wet environment. Tight fitted pants, most especially jeans
are a no-no. You should avoid leotards and spandex as well. The tight contact of the clothes to
your skin prevents the area to breathe. The close skin contact also might cause some
uncomfortable feelings and also trigger some reactions worsening the situation.

Nylon material on your underwear is also a good thing to avoid. Cotton would be ideal choice
being clean and has a fabric that allows breathing space. Likewise, avoid pantyhose. Or you
really want to wear pantyhose, just wear cotton underwear underneath.
Other tips that we suggest cover your personal hygiene. Keeping yourself clean especially down
there is something that all women should do. Keeping your vagina clean and dry after you take
a bath or a shower will help prevent the unnecessary growth of the Candida fungus. If you’re
accustomed in using deodorant napkins, perfumed tampons, or other feminine hygiene products
that have been colored or perfumed, start avoiding them right away. Stick with the all natural
stuff. It’s better for you, for the environment, and especially better for me.




If you have a pretty active sex life, be sure to insist using condoms. Although yeas infection is
not a sexually transmitted disease, having safe sex is just a good advice. Okay, let’s move on
shall we?

Normally medicines should be good for you but in order to prevent yeast infection, it is best to
avoid antibiotics since this will upset the balance of microorganism in your body favoring the
growth of the Candida fungus. Unless prescribed by your doctor, stay away from antibiotic pills
for a while.

Also, foods high in carbohydrates and sugar are a source of food for the yeast as well. So
unless you want to keep feeding your yeast something that will help it grow, then you better stick
with some fresh foods like vegetables and fruits for a while. Also, in eating your food, it has been
recommended to eat fresh fruits and vegetables separately from cooked food. When you
combined cooked and fresh, the food will tend to ferment in your stomach. The fermented food
will harbor the growth of more bacteria aside from the fungus that you already have.

The more you should learn t control your food intake if you are diabetic. Monitoring and keeping
the appropriate amounts of sugar level is a good way to keep you healthy as well as keep the
fungus at bay.

These are but a few tips to prevent yeast infection. As you move along your research, you will
get to know more about the techniques that can be used to avoid yeast infection as well as
other methods that would help you cure the infection, in case you already have one.
                         A Diet to Treat Yeast Infection
If you believe that yeast infection is something that you only get from direct contact with
someone that has it, then think again. There are a number of possible causes of yeast infection.
Among the possibilities include using oral contraceptive pills, taking oral steroids, about to get
your period, being a diabetic, use of applications like soap, douche, hygiene products, and
wearing tight, damp, and/or warm clothing. There are a number of solutions to treat the
infection. But unknown to some, having the correct diet to treat yeast infection is also as
important.

Detoxing, that would be the more appropriate term when it comes to a yeast infection diet. Yeast
infection is a direct result of an overgrowth in some areas of a natural occurring microorganism,
or




Candida albicans as it is known in the scientific community. There may be some variations in the
suggested diet but most often than not, with a strict adherence to the regimen, it is possible to
encounter some relief from the infection in as early as three weeks.

One of the basic necessities in diet programs is drinking adequate amounts of water. Water is
an important aspect of detoxing. It helps flush out the toxins inside the body. It has been also
suggested that fresh fruit juices and even green tea be added to the liquid intake. But emphasis
is given to drinking at least eight glasses of water per day.

It is also important to eat food that is fresh. It would be best to void processed and highly fatty
foods, not only for your yeast infection but for your general health as well. Don’t overcook your
food as well. Foods have a tendency to loose much of its nutrients when heat is applied so be
sure to cook your food just right. Steamed and sautéed would be the ideal cooking preparations.
Vegetables don’t need cooking, just make it a salad and you’re ready to go. However, we do
suggest that you avoid eating sweet vegetables like carrots, corn, potatoes, onions, and sweet
potatoes.

Eat a lot of garlic. Garlic contains antibacterial properties which help in eliminating the
overgrowth of yeast. Be generous with your fresh greens and limit your intake of meat. Fish,
beef, lamb, poultry and eggs are okay in moderation. It has been suggested that an ideal
serving of meat should be no larger than half the size of your palm. Adding more to this portion
would be too asking to your digestive organs.

Sometimes there are other foods that you would like to include in your diet. Eating the foods you
like will not affect much your diet as long as you eat them in moderation and in relatively small
portions. Yogurt is something that you could add as well as small servings of brown rice or
buckwheat.

For condiments, sea salt is okay as well as pure virgin olive oil. In fact, you can be liberal with
the use of olive oil. Fresh ginger can be a good condiment for your yeast problem as well. Plus
you can use it in a number of dishes like salads, tofu, meat dishes, and soups. Not only does it
contain properties that might help treat the infection, but it is generally good for your digestion
as well.

A good diet to treat yeast infection is a necessary step in the general treatment of the infection.
You must learn to be healthy when it comes to your hygiene and the food you eat.

             A Guide on How to Confirm a Yeast Infection
The best way how to confirm a yeast infection is either you make an appointment with your
doctor to perform a diagnosis or taking an over the counter test. Your doctor will perform a
physical assessment and take a sample of your vaginal discharge. An over the counter test, on
the other hand, works much like a home pregnancy kit test where the pH balance in your
system is tested to confirm the presence of a yeast infection.




It is always a good idea to confirm that you have a yeast infection before finally deciding to treat
it with over the counter medications. You may end up doing even more harm to your self if you
treat a condition that you do not have. A yeast infection is a bothersome condition, to say the
least. However, self medicating a suspected yeast infection may disrupt the normal pH balance
of the vaginal area, causing the proliferation of microorganisms which may lead to actual
infections.

The trouble with resorting to over the counter yeast infection medications right away is that
women are using them for the treatment of something they do not actually have. A woman who
goes through certain signs and symptoms in and around her vaginal area may immediately think
she is experiencing a yeast infection. But the truth is there are many other infections that also
demonstrate the presenting signs and symptoms of a yeast infection. These may include
bacterial vaginosis, Chlamydia and even gonorrhea.

However, there are three specific signs and symptoms of a yeast infection: discomfort,
appearance and odor. If you are experiencing the stated signs and symptoms, you are most
likely suffering a yeast infection.

The most obvious symptom of a yeast infection is the discomfort in the affected area. This is
certainly one of the revealing and most common symptoms of a yeast infection. The kind of
discomfort is often described as an intense burning or itching sensation. Pain in urinating is
experienced because of the irritated lining of the vaginal area. In severe cases the infected
individual may experience extreme discomfort in the area that carrying out normal daily activities
such as walking is impaired. Sexual intercourse too becomes painful for most affected women.

Another way which will help you consider the likelihood of a yeast infect ion is by taking note of
the appearance of the affected area. Most individuals afflicted with a yeast infection describe in
their private area – specifically, in the vaginal area – in terms of an unsightly white clump of
material that resembles curdled milk. Redness and soreness is evident in the affected area. A
discharge may or may not be present, depending on the case. Note that only about 20% of
women afflicted the infection report the presence of a discharge in the vaginal area. The
discharge may be clear to whitish or slightly yellowish, and may be anywhere from thin to thick
consistency.




Lastly, another sign that may help how to confirm a yeast infection is the distinct odor. The
discharge may or may not be accompanied by a starchy odor, the kind that resembles bread or
beer. Notice that yeast is used in bread making as a leavening agent, and in beer making for
fermentation. That is because the infection basically is a fungal infection – commonly caused by
Candida albicans, a form of yeast.

                 A Step Ahead Preventing Yeast Infection
There are a lot of ways to avoid yeast infections. With just observing some basic hygiene and
healthy lifestyles, you can avoid the embarrassment, anxiety and even anguish that are brought
about by having an infection. That is why we emphasize the advantage of knowing and applying
the different ways in preventing yeast infection. It is better to be prepared now than suffer the
consequences later.

Several experts on the subject have recommended a number of procedures for preventing the
overgrowth of yeast in our body. From changing your diet to adapting several health
preferences, one can decrease the chance of having a massive growth of yeast.

Among the first advices would be maintaining a clean body. Yeast loves areas that are most.
The more you tolerate having these areas, the more chance you’ll have an infection in your
hands. So it would be a good idea to keep the vaginal area dry whenever possible. This
includes after you had a swim, had a rigorous exercise, or had taken a shower. Dry the area
thoroughly. Take off wet clothing immediately. You never want to give the yeast an opportunity to
grow.

Speaking of clothes, a better chance of preventing such an infection would be to wear clothes
that are made from light materials and provides enough ventilation. There’s a higher chance that
the yeast grow




excessively in the vaginal area due to wearing tight pants, jeans and other pieces of clothing. It
would be better to wear cotton made clothes to allow the skin to breathe and helps with the
prevention of yeast overgrowth. Cotton panties would be a better choice than nylon and lycra
since the latter two can trap air which is an ideal environment for yeast growth. Panty hoses are
also not recommended unless you wear cotton underwear underneath.
Maintain a healthy and clean body. That is a basic necessity and should be observed whether
you have or don’t have an infection. Washing your heads every time you go to the bathroom
would be a good start. Also be aware that scented tissues, pads or tampons, feminine spray
products, and even deodorants can cause irritation to the vagina and can in turn increase the
growth of yeast in the area resulting to a full yeast infection. And definitely avoid using douches
since it washes away the natural protective membrane of the vagina. This leaves the vagina
more susceptible to, not only yeast, but other infections as well.

Moreover, petroleum-based lubricants should be avoided during sexual intercourse. Water-
based lubricants are a better option since it does not trigger the overgrowth of yeast in the
vagina area.

Sugary foods might also trigger the growth of yeast. It would be a good idea then to watch your
sugar intake. According to studies, yeast tends to grow faster with a higher level of sugar in the
blood and in the digestive system. You might need to avoid sugary foods but plain yogurt is
good for you. Yogurt contains microorganisms that help balance out the growth of yeast. It
contains “friendly” bacteria so to speak. A cup a day of plain yogurt might help prevent the
growth of yeast.

Prevention is definitely a great move against yeast infections. If more women learn to adapt a
lifestyle that is not ideal for yeast growth, then they will have no problems with the physical
stress as well as emotional effects the infection brings. Simple, small actions can do wonders in
preventing yeast infection.

      Be Aware of The Various Symptoms of Yeast Infection
Yeast is a fungus. Yes that’s something you should know about. Why? Well, because knowledge
is part of finding a solution to your problems. The truth is, vaginal infections do vary. Despite
some inherent similarities, there are different causes of the infection and each one may require
specific kinds of treatment. If you don’t know which one is which, you might end up applying a
different treatment which may cause more hard that good I bet. Yeast infection symptoms don’t
have much unique characteristics which would allow you to distinguish. Of course, we do
encourage that you have your doctor examine your condition to get more accurate diagnosis
and thus a more effective treatment.

Yeast, or Candida as it is known scientifically, are present on any normal human skin. Also,
moist areas like the mouth and more specifically you vagina, are common places where yeast
can grow. Do not be alarmed. According to studies, a large number of women carry yeast in
their vaginal area. In fact it is said that almost 50% of women have yeast. So, if it is normal why
the infection? There are actually several reasons, one of which is when there is an excess
presence of yeast in the area. Another one is when new yeast materials are placed into the
same area.

Some other reasons include taking oral contraceptives, diabetes mellitus, use of vaginal sprays
like perfume and even hygiene sprays for women.

There are several tell tale signs that you might have some infection in your sensitive parts. But
like what have been mentioned earlier, the symptoms of vaginal yeast infection have a number
of similarities with symptoms of other infections
The first sign of possible yeast infection is experiencing itchiness in that region. There may be
several other conditions where itchiness is the primary indication. That may be, but combining
itchiness with the following other symptoms would help you narrow down your list of culprits and
eventually identify the disorder as yeast infection. Other symptoms include burning, and
soreness. A good indication also would be if pain is being experienced during intercourse.

Sometimes, pain is also felt during urination. You might want to have yourself checked since
pain should never be ignored. If you feel pain, and this applies to all parts of your body, consult
your doctor quickly. The matter might be worse than you earlier thought it was.

Also, the presence of vaginal discharge may be a good indication as well. Take note, however,
that vaginal discharge is not always observed in women with yeast infections. Nevertheless, it is
something that you should take note of. The discharge is often odorless and has a whitish color.
The appearance and texture is similar to, pardon the comparison, to cottage cheese. Vulvodynia
is the term used to describe the pain experienced in the vulvar area.

After knowing the symptoms and, of course, proper consultations from your doctor, hopefully
your yeast infections might have been cured completely. There are times, however, when yeast
infection occurs with the same women. An estimated size of 5% will experience problems of
recurring yeast infections. The reasons why yeast infections recur may be due to more
underlying medical conditions that you have.

For the most part, it would be best to observe closely your health and the various yeast infection
symptoms to get to know what steps you would need to undertake next.



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